Day 1 of the 2019 IWWF World Under 21 Waterski Championshipsproved to be a great day for Canadians. The weather cooperated making for great conditions which led to great performances.
Evan Kraus, who is competing at his home lake, got things rolling this morning. Evan was first off the dock in the Men’s preliminary trick event and skied to a personal best of 5200 points. Sean Kraus and Thomas Daigle, both who are part of the six-person Team for Canada, both competed well in tricks with Thomas scoring 7610 points and placing 7th and moving onto the Finals on Saturday. Sean scored 5380 points. Look for Sean and Thomas competing in slalom tomorrow.
The Ladies preliminary slalom event kicked off today with all 3 Canadians making the Finals. Paige Rini was the last skier of the Ladies event and scored 4.5 buoys at 11.25m to place her top 3 on Sunday. Neilly Ross made it into the Finals tied for 4thwith a score of 3 buoys at 11.25m. The highlight of the day was the incredible slalom performance by Jaimee Bull. She skied to an amazing 5 buoys at 10.75m, breaking her own Canadian U21 record and setting a pending U21 Worlds Record. Jaimee will be the top seed in the slalom finals on Sunday. Neilly, Paige and Dominique Grondin Allard will all compete in the trick preliminary event tomorrow, with Paige and Dominique competing also in the jump preliminary event.
The 2019 IWWF World Under 21 Waterski Championships is supported by Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada, the national governing body for towed water sports in Canada and towed by the all-new Ski Nautique.
This world class event has 22 nations attending and over 80+ of the best water ski athletes aged 20 and under.
The Canadian team of six skiers to compete in slalom, trick, jump and overall are:
Sean Kraus (slalom and trick), Jaimee Bull (slalom), Thomas Daigle (slalom, trick, jump and overall), Dominique Grondin Allard (slalom, trick, jump and overall), Paige Rini (slalom, trick, jump and overall) and Neilly Ross (slalom, trick)
Other Canadian athletes competing this week are: Jamie Calhoun (slalom), Josh Edward (jump), Ilan Klein (slalom), Evan Kraus (tricks), Shae O’Brien (jump), Rebecca Ramsay (jump)
Athletes skiing at the U21 World Championships will compete to earn individual titles in addition to the coveted Overall and Team Championship.
The Team is coached National Team Head Coach Steve Bush and assisted by Cole Grant.
Canada has been very successful at previous World Under 21 Waterski Championships. Canada won the Overall Team Title in 2017 in Dnipro, Ukraine. A very strong team took the title plus individual medallists were crowned. Alberta’s own Dorien Llewellyn took the silver medal in tricks and the silver medal in the overall competition. Dominique Allard from Quebec took the gold medal in jump and Paige Rini from Ontario took the bronze medal in tricks (both are expected to be announced to this year’s team). Canada will field a team that will challenge for medals and the team overall title here on home soil.
“On behalf of Water Ski & Wakeboard Alberta we are very excited to host such an amazing event in Alberta and at such a beautiful site as Shalom Park” said Suzanne Velcic, Communications.
For results, standings and to watch the event live, CLICK HERE: https://worldwaterskiers.com/tournament/19iwwf01/
About Shalom Park: Shalom Park is a man-made water ski lake nestled in the North Saskatchewan River Valley, just south of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Shalom Park was built in 1985 and has hosted a multitude of local, national and international tournaments, including multiple Canadian National Championships, the Canadian Open (an IWWF Elite event), and the 1996 Junior World Water Ski Championships. Multiple national and international records have been set at Shalom Park, including an IWWF Open Men Overall record in 2000 by Jaret Llewellyn from Canada and an IWWF Junior Men Slalom Record by Chris Parrish from the USA, that stood for almost 20 years until it was broken by Robert Pigozzi from the Dominican Republic in 2015.
About WSWC: Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) is responsible for coordinating, growing and developing towed water sports from initiation to high performance through proactive advocacy, strengthened partnerships, effective communications and coordinated leadership. Representing several brands, WSWC has been in the business of serving the towed water sports community since 1949. A non-profit organization, WSWC is the sole national sport governing body and recognized water ski and wake sport authority in Canada, representing all competitive Canadian towed water sports.
About WSWA:Water Ski and Wakeboard Alberta (WSWA) is the provincial association that promotes participation and excellence in all aspects of towed water sports in Alberta. This is achieved through introduction of the sport to beginners; development of skill level in competition and officiating and providing support and encouragement to towed water sports enthusiasts and their families at local, provincial, national and international levels.
About the IWWF: The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) is the world governing body for towed watersports and has over 90 affiliated Federationsworldwide. It was founded in 1946 in Geneva, Switzerland. It is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC)as the sole authority for towed watersports.
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